JudieGummDesigns

Nature's Jewelry in Sterling, Pewter & Bronze

Fairbanks, Alaska

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Announcement    Hi Everyone!

It certainly is green and lush here in Alaska right now, it's my favorite time of year. It took awhile to get here but after recently sitting out on the deck at the newly opened Malamute Saloon here in Ester, I realized we had finally crossed the line between spring and summer. Fingers-crossed! (Especially since it hailed a couple days ago).

Since returning to Alaska from Arizona, I've been working hard to make sure the store is well stocked and reflects the remaining inventory. I've also been working on some new designs and hope to have those up soon, so keep your eyes open because they will be limited editions.

Thanks for all your patience and support, it means the world to me.

Best,

Judie

Announcement

Last updated on Jun 8, 2021

Hi Everyone!

It certainly is green and lush here in Alaska right now, it's my favorite time of year. It took awhile to get here but after recently sitting out on the deck at the newly opened Malamute Saloon here in Ester, I realized we had finally crossed the line between spring and summer. Fingers-crossed! (Especially since it hailed a couple days ago).

Since returning to Alaska from Arizona, I've been working hard to make sure the store is well stocked and reflects the remaining inventory. I've also been working on some new designs and hope to have those up soon, so keep your eyes open because they will be limited editions.

Thanks for all your patience and support, it means the world to me.

Best,

Judie

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About JudieGummDesigns

Sales 3,405
On Etsy since 2009

Judie Gumm Designs

Born and raised in upstate New York, Judie was first introduced to the lost wax process of jewelry making in 1969 in Denver, Colorado where she explored her creativity. In 1972, as the single mother of a five year old daughter, Judie relocated to Alaska. While working as a waitress and creating one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces on the side, she attended the University of Alaska where she received her first formal training in metalwork. In 1974, she was recommended by her UAF professors to teach a class in lost wax jewelry for the artist in residence program at Service Hanshew High School in Anchorage, Alaska.

In the early 1980’s, she created the blueberry and cranberry designs out of homesickness while living in Boston, MA. Upon returning to Alaska, a local shop owner recognized the beauty and marketability of her designs and encouraged her to begin a production business. In 1985, she created 30 pieces for her new production line, hired an employee, and began marketing her work through craft and trade shows. Since that time Judie Gumm Designs has expanded to include over 300 pieces and a permanent showroom located in downtown Ester, Alaska. In addition, Judie's work is carried in gift shops and art galleries throughout Alaska and the lower 48 and has been offered through a number of mail order catalogs.
Judie continues to hand-design all pieces and is assisted in the production process by one full-time employee. Judie's husband and co-owner, Richard, manages the business's finances. As the business expands, she strives to continue to create distinctive, high quality, nature inspired jewelry.

A note about "custom" orders:
Currently we are not accepting any repairs, special pieces or one of a kind commission work.

Shop members

  • Judie Gumm

    Owner, Designer

    Born in upstate New York, Judie settled in Alaska in 1972. Largely self taught, she has been designing jewelry for 50 years and works almost exclusively with precious metals in the lost wax technique.

  • Richard Gumm

    Owner, Business Manager

    Richard traveled extensively as a child finally ending up in Fairbanks, Alaska in 1967. He graduated from UAA in 1975 and has a Masters in Education from Harvard. He joined the business full time in 1988 as both owner and business manager.

  • Sasha

    Front Office Manager

Production partners

  • Hutch's Casting Company

    Albuquerque, NM

    Hutch's Casting Company is a small casting company specializing in silver and bronze lost wax casting. We have been working with them for the past fifteen years.

  • Kick 'n Cast Casting

    Sedona, AZ

    A thoughtful and thorough caster

  • Quality Jewelry

    Hacienda Heights, CA

    Quality Jewelry constructs these necklaces from titanium mesh imported from Italy. The clasp & mesh are very strong and both are hypoallerginic. The mesh is colored using a permanent anodizing process. We crimp the clasp in our studio to make it more secure.

  • Quality Jewelry

    Hacienda Heights, CA

    Quality Jewelry imports the titanium mesh from Italy. They then color it using a permanent anodizing process. The clasps are stainless steel. Both mesh and clasp are hypoallergenic. We crimp the clasps onto the mesh in our shop to make them more secure. The mesh is a tube which makes it more durable

  • Snell Casting Company

    Grass Valley, CA

    Snell Casting Company is a small casting company specializing in silver. We have been working closely with them for the past 20 years.

  • Toadland

    Albuquerque, NM

    We have been partners with Darren and Jennifer at Toadland for many years. They work exclusively with pewter and are true craftsmen.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 8, 2020
Welcome to Judie Gumm Designs!

I recently celebrated my Jubilee - 50 years of Jewelry Designing. From the beginning of my career I have been inspired by the natural world and have worked hard to capture those images. Much of my design life has been centered in Alaska but several years ago the Southwest began calling and I became a snowbird from December - April. And although I tried not to, the desert spoke to me and I started designing down there as well.

I love using the Lost Wax process to create my designs because it's a naturally sculptural medium, easy to carve and also forgiving when I either make a mistake or change my mind. I am particularly drawn to animal and botanical themes and often incorporate whimsical or romantic symbolism (sometimes obvious, sometimes hidden). I am often looking for that perfect bead or stone which compliments the design in a meaningful way.

Jewelry should be well made, durable, and easily wearable. More than an accessory, jewelry is art, which not only brings the wearer beauty but also tells a story through symbolism. My goal is to create heirloom jewelry, handcrafted for a lifetime of enjoyment at an affordable price.

Warm Regards, Judie Gumm

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 2 days of purchase
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
If you are not completely pleased with your purchase, please Message or Email judiegummdesigns [!at] gmail.com and arrange a return. To protect the piece, please ship it back in a padded envelope, include the box, jewelry cards and invoice. Within 14 days we will give you a full refund minus the shipping fees. If the item arrived damaged, please contact us before returning it. We unconditionally guarantee our work to be free from manufacturing defects for one year from date of purchase. If you would like to exchange a purchase, please Message or Email us at judiegummdesigns [!at] gmail.com Thank You.
Payment
When ordering please pay in full by credit card or PayPal. Your item will be shipped out once payment is received. Alaska does not charge a sales tax but depending upon what state you are sending the package to, that state may charge you tax.
If you decide to cancel your order after sending, please Message us or Email judiegummdesigns [!at] gmail.com. It usually takes us a couple of days to process an order.
Shipping
All items are shipped out First Class or Priority through the United States Postal Service (USPS). If you require a different service, please Message us or Email us before ordering judiegummdesigns [!at] gmail.com and we will try our very best to accommodate you. Thank You.
If you are having a item shipped Internationally we still use the USPS. Our tracking # is only good in the USA. Because of Customs, our experience indicates it can take between two to three weeks to reach you.
Additional policies and FAQs
Each jewelry item will be placed in a high quality black or turquoise paper box with a cotton pad. It will be mounted on a Judie Gumm Designs jewelry card which will include the name of the piece and other pertinent information. This will be placed in a zip-lock bag with a strip of anti-tarnish material. A small folded care card with contact information and a short bio on Judie is also included with each purchase.
Gallery pieces will be supplied with a fancy leather or wooden box, detailed description, polishing cloth, ziplock bags and anti-tarnish paper.
Our hook earrings all come with rubber ear sleeves. Our post ear-nuts are hypoallergenic titanium. If you lose one earring we will be happy to replace it at half the cost providing we continue to carry that design. Message first or Email with a photo for clarification. judiegummdesigns [!at] gmail.com
All pins come with an "insurance policy" which is a rubber sleeve slipped onto the pin stem once it is attached to the fabric but before the pin catch is closed. This insures the pin will not be lost if the clasp opens.